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The Truth About Youth (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 November 1930 (USA)
Richard Carewe has raised his deceased friend's son from childhood with the help of his housekeeper and her beautiful daughter, Phyllis. He arranges a marriage between Phyllis and the boy, ... See full summary »

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(based on: "When We Were Twenty-One" by) (as Henry V. Esmond), (adaptation)
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Richard Dane 'The Imp'
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Kara aka The Firefly
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Colonel Graham
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Mrs. Ericson
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Horace Palmer 'Waddles'
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Richard Carewe has raised his deceased friend's son from childhood with the help of his housekeeper and her beautiful daughter, Phyllis. He arranges a marriage between Phyllis and the boy, but the rascal impulsively marries a notorious nightclub singer, "the Firefly", instead. The femme fatale dumps the boy when she discovers he has no money, but by then Phyllis realizes she is in love with Richard, not his foolish ward. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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3 November 1930 (USA)  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #4353-4360 and #4250 (trailer) See more »

Goofs

During Kara's first number at the Firefly Club, she purses her lips and blows a kiss to someone in the audience. It is an obvious lip-sync as she is still heard singing while doing that. See more »

Quotes

Kara: Thanks... you have a couple of dangerous curves yourself.
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Version of When We Were Twenty-One (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

I Have to Have You
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Myrna Loy
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For Loy Fans Only
21 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen a lot of Myrna Loy films (I can watch her in anything except musicals), and this is without question her worst. What is frightening is she was the only one who was even decent. David Manners was the worst in this film, I can't describe how bad he acted. I usually like Loretta Young. Her eyes are stunning (Perhaps the best pair of eyes in Hollywood history. They were essentially hidden in this film, And I don't know why but she struck me as flat chested as well. I am not saying she was Sophia Loren, but she out did Harlow in "The Platinum Blonde" in the looks (And acting dept) here she simply plain. I will give it 2 stars out of 10. One for Myrna and one for the shock ending, which I won't give away. I will say this, it improves the film, but does not save it.


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